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Stephen Lyman - UZUMATI - GREAT BEAR OF YOSEMITE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Stephen Lyman

Original Retail Price $150.00
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Limited Edition of: 1750
Image Size: 32"w x 21 1/4"h.
Published: June 1988

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Little more than 100 years ago a huge bear roamed California. It vied in size with the 1800-pound Alaskan brown bears and was seen with such frequency that when a man talked of "a bear" he was naturally referring to a grizzly. The "great bear" impressed people so much it was even placed on the state flag.

An animal of tremendous size and strength, the grizzly had no predators, save man, but man's fascination with this mighty bruin led rapidly to its extinction. Fur for robes, meat for food and oil for cooking all made the bears useful, but most of them were killed for sport. It became popular to pit the bear against bulls in spectacular fights to the death. "Grizzly Adams" thrilled many show-goers with his famous grizzlies, whom he had obtained in Yosemite as cubs after killing their mother. The last grizzly seen in Yosemite was shot in 1895. By 1921, the California race of grizzly was extinct.

"'Yosemite' is probably derived from the Miwok Indian word for grizzly bear -'Uzumati.' In this painting, I have hearkened back to a time long past when 'Uzumati' roamed the canyons of Yosemite, lumbering over rock, through brush and across rivers, as it had for thousands of years. The 'great bear' will never come back. All I can do now is imagine what it was like and share that image through my painting."

Stephen Lyman
“He paints the wilderness with a knowledge and genuineness that can only be expressed by someone who has ‘been there’.” – Bev Doolittle Through Lyman’s art, you can travel into a wilderness very few have experienced. You can share the sensation of being in the true outdoors – exploring, discovering, studying and enjoying the all-encompassing beauty of unspoiled nature. Stephen Lyman was an explorer who specialized in painting the most elusive moments in nature. His inspiring work was inspired, in turn, by the writing and teachings of famous naturalist John Muir. “Muir wrote, ‘Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,’” Lyman said. “I know exactly what he meant.” Lyman’s love of the great outdoors stemmed from a childhood spent in the Pacific Northwest, where hiking in Snake River country was a regular family ritual. Lyman’s desire to share his admiration for the outdoors was strong, but he enrolled in the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, to learn more about the commercial art field. He started his career as a commercial illustrator in Los Angeles and soon realized that the call of the wild was stronger than the lure of the city. Returning to Idaho, he spent two years exploring and developing his own style of painting. He continued to discover the wonders of the natural world and of living a natural lifestyle. “All my paintings have their origins in my experience and perception of beauty in the wilderness,” he said. Lyman’s first limited edition print was published by The Greenwich Workshop in 1983. In subsequent years, he was a frequent participant in the prestigious international “Birds in Art” show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He was invited to be “Artist of the Year” at the 1991 Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show and then received the rare honor of being invited back as an “Encore Artist” at the 1995 event. Stephen Lyman actively shared the wonder of the natural world with a legion of collectors until his untimely death in 1996. He had been recently named one of the top artists in the country by U.S. Art magazine and his book, Into the Wilderness: An Artist’s Journey, was published to unanimous acclaim in the autumn of 1995.


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